IGAT Receives Gas From Phases 20, 21

IGAT Receives Gas From Phases 20, 21 IGAT Receives Gas From Phases 20, 21

Gas from the South Pars refining facilities of phases 20 and 21 was injected to the national gas grid, director of the phases said on Monday.

Alireza Ebadi also told Shana that sour gas from phases 6, 7 and 8, supplied to the Fifth Iran National Gas Trunkline (IGAT 5), was sent to phases 20 and 21 refineries and after being sweetened, 2.2 million cubic meters of gas per hour was injected to IGAT 4.

The official noted that phases 20 and 21 refining facilities are ready to operate at full capacity.

Moreover, plans call for increasing refineries' feedstock from phases 6 to 8 so that more gas can be sweetened and injected to the national grid.  

“The main purpose of sweetening phases 6 to 8 sour gas is not only testing the units' equipment and pipelines, but also fixing any glitch to ready the unit to receive gas from the offshore facilities and platform of Phase 21 in November,” he added.

Ebadi had earlier announced that onshore refineries of the project would go on stream by September, as all stages of setting up the unit, testing the pipelines and connecting the refineries to all utility sectors (water, electricity and steam) have been completed.

After the launch of phases 12, 15 and 16 over the past year, phases 17 and 18, with an output of 50 mcm/d of gas, are to be officially inaugurated in the next five months. Currently gas production from the partly operational phases amounts to 30 mcm/d.

Phases 19-21 are geared for the launch of phases 17 and 18.

   Unblocked Gas Equipment

According to Ebadi, equipment needed for the completion of South Pars Gas Field’s Phase 20 platform have entered Iran’s Khorramshahr Yard after being released by an unnamed company.

“The unblocked equipment, which include isolation tanks for water and hydrocarbon, were necessary for the construction of the platform,” he said.

The official added that the equipment, which are an important part of the piping system of the platform, have been installed in the yard.

Ebadi pointed to the key role of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in the clearance of the equipment and said all activities related to the phase were suspended under the sanctions regime.

“After the removal of international sanctions against Iran and restoration of relations with foreign companies, most of the needed equipment, such as turbo-expanders, electric valves and liquefied gas pumps, were ordered,” he said.

Iran is seeking to capitalize on sales of oil products such as petrochemicals and condensates. The main buyers of Iranian gas condensates are the same as its traditional oil customers, namely China, India, South Korea, Turkey, Taiwan and Japan.

The country's gas condensate accounts for almost 30% of the country's total non-oil exports.

South Pars is the world's largest gas field, shared between Iran and Qatar, covering an area of 3,700 square kilometers of Iran's territorial waters in the Persian Gulf.

It adjoins Qatar’s North Field, which measures 6,000 square kilometers. The field has a capacity of producing 820 mcm/d and 1 mcm/d of gas and gas condensates, respectively.